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Kenneth Joseph Alford (né Ricketts) (Composer)

Born: 21st February 1881, Ratcliff, London

Died: 15th May 1945, Reigate, UK

Nationality: British

Frederick Joseph Ricketts was an English composer of marches for band. Under the pen name Kenneth J. Alford, he composed marches which are considered to be great examples of the art. He was a Bandmaster in the British Army, and Royal Marines Director of Music. Conductor Sir Vivian Dunn called Ricketts "The British March King". Ricketts' frequent use of the saxophone contributed to its permanent inclusion in military bands.

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